'Jeopardy!' Contestant Dies of Cancer Before Show Airs - NBC Bay Area

'Jeopardy!' Contestant Dies of Cancer Before Show Airs

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    A woman who competed on "Jeopardy!" while battling terminal colon cancer died the week before her episode was set to air. Prize money from the show has gone to cancer research as she wished.

    "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek said in a statement that Cindy Stowell died Monday.

    The quiz show said on its website that the Austin, Texas, woman was invited to an audition for the show in August. Before the audition, Stowell reached out to a producer to ask how long it might be before she taped her episode because she didn't have long to live. She said she would like to donate any winnings from the show to cancer research.

    Stowell passed the audition and was booked for the earliest possible taping Aug. 31.

    Her appearance will air Tuesday.